28 Free Website Directories To Build Backlinks

Free website directory listings are a good way to start building your backlink profile online. It helps increase domain authority and establish your website online. It is only a basic start though. These website directories can give you an initial bump in domain authority and help you get ranked for simple search terms.

For a local business, building citations and keeping them actively updated with business listings management software is equally important. Citations come from listing your business in local business directories consistently and accurately.

Information Needed For Many Directories

Before you start adding your website to these web directories, there is some basic information you will be asked on many of them. These are the most common pieces of information you may be asked regularly.

  • Site name
  • Short description
  • Keywords
  • Logo
  • Social media profiles

Determine Where To Start

Knowing where to start with your backlink building process will save you time. You can get a free (and instant) scan of all your current business listings.

The tool linked above will instantly scan the most important online directories for your business information and tell you where information is inaccurate, non-existent, or spot on.

Did we mention it’s free?

Free Website Directories

Each directory has basic instructions on how adding a link works and if there are premium options. If you find an error or have a free directory to add, please contact us.

Directory World

Listing is free but they turn off the form depending on the volume of submissions. It could be hit or miss whether you can even add your site.

How To Add Link: Find the right sub-category and click the Add Your Site link.

Premium Options: There is a guaranteed 1-day placement option for a fee though.

SoMuch.com

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and start the submission process.

Premium Options: You can increase your link approval time to 12-hours or purchase an enhanced link.

Jayde

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and start the submission process.

Premium Options: Not available.

Tsection

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and select the free option and fill out the form. Approval can take 6 months.

Premium Options: There are premium options that speeds up approval to 24 hours and gives you a premium look to your listing.

WWWi

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add a premium listing and get extra deep links to your website and be approved quicker among other features.

Viesearch

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and select the free option. You can provide a reciprocal link to get a thumbnail next to your listing.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add a premium listing and get faster review times and/or a thumbnail photo also.

1Abc

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add a premium listing and get a regular link or featured link.

Business Seek

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and select the free option at the bottom of the page.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add a premium listing and get your link added faster, get a premium listing, or any number of premium listings/ads.

Cipinet

How To Add Link: Go to the directory and select the category you’d like your listing in. There’s a button with an arrow to add your listing, click the arrow and select free listing.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add a premium listing and get your link added faster, get a premium listing, or any number of premium listings/ads.

ProLink

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add a premium listing and get your link listed at the top permanently or get a featured link.

AMRAY

How To Add Link: Go to the category you’d like to add your website and click the add a free & regular URL link.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add a premium listing and get your link added quicker.

Gain Web

How To Add Link: Go straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add a premium listing and get your listing approved faster and with more deep site links.

Elite Sites

How To Add Link: Choose a category and/or sub-category then click the submit site link. If you add a reciprocal link to your website then you can get quicker approval (3 weeks instead of 12-16 weeks).

Premium Options: Yes, you can get your site listed within 48 hours.

LinkPedia

How To Add Link: Head straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you can get express review in 48 hours or a featured link at the top of the directory.

9Sites

How To Add Link: Head straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you buy a premium link.

Wikidweb

How To Add Link: Create an account, select the category for your site, add the page. It’s a pretty complex process for this one so only use this if you’re very tech-savvy, know how to use wiki’s, or want to spend some time to figure it out.

Premium Options: No, premium options aren’t available.

247 Web Directory

How To Add Link: Head the category your business should be listed in and click the submit site link.

Premium Options: Yes, you expedite your link review to 2 working days.

Piseries

How To Add Link: Head to the correct category and click the add URL link.

Premium Options: Yes, you get listed at the top of your category or get listed in 24-48 hours.

PR3Plus

How To Add Link: Head straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you speed up your listing time to within 4 hours and can get a featured listing also.

The Net Directory

How To Add Link: Head straight to the submit a link page and select the free option. You will have a higher chance of acceptance if you add a reciprocal link.

Premium Options: Yes, you speed up your listing time and get a deep link.

Link Directory

How To Add Link: Select the proper category and then click the add URL link.

Premium Options: Yes, you can add deep links or sub-domain links.

Nipao

How To Add Link: Choose a category first and then click submit link.

Premium Options: Yes, you get 3 additional links.

Sighber Cafe

How To Add Link: Choose a category and then click the add site link. Your site may never be added because their estimated current wait time is more than 3 years.

Premium Options: Yes, you can get 5 additional link in addition to less than a day to get your links approved.

10 Directory

How To Add Link: Head straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you can get a featured listing.

Vision Web Directory

How To Add Link: Head straight to the submit a link page and select the free option.

Premium Options: Yes, you can get a premium link for 1 year.

Royal Link Up

How To Add Link: Choose a category first and then click the submit link button in the navigation. With a reciprocal link there’s a 3-4 day review but the link needs to be on your home page.

Premium Options: Yes, you can get 24-48 hours review.

Web Apps Directory

How To Add Link: Choose the category and then click the submit website link.

Premium Options: Yes, you can get express review.

Loclweb Directory

How To Add Link: Head straight to the submit a business page and add your business.

Premium Options: Yes but only for clients of Loclweb.

Ongoing Local Optimization

These website directories are a good start for building backlinks but they are only a start. You must also keep them up-to-date and make sure they change with your business (which should be often). You can see how well you’re keeping your business information updated online with a free business listing scan.

Be sure you’re also doing what’s needed to generate more reviews which will also give you boost in your local area. And finally, you also need a really good custom affordable website. We offer powerful tools with each of our websites that make it easier to optimize for local searches in major search engines.

Last updated November 17, 2020

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